Frequently a mixture of styles and movements, buildings provide a unique insight into history and mentality of each nation
Whether Byzantine, Gothic, brutalist or baroque inspired, Eastern European architecture has a lot to offer. Frequently a mixture of styles and movements, buildings provide a unique insight into history and mentality of each nation. And while each building has its story and place in history, certain ones have became parts of national identity and made a mark that can’t be erased.
Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peterhof complex of palaces and gardens is one of architectural trademarks and main historical sites of Saint Petersburg. A must visit for any architecture savvy tourist, Russian Versailles (as it is frequently called) was made as a royal residency of Emperor Peter the Great. Inspired by his visit to Chateau Versailles, Peter himself came up with a significant part of the design for the Palace. Except him, famed architects Leblondt, Barunstein, Micchetti and Rastrelli also gave their contribution to the final look and feel of Peterhof.